How ironic that the Walking Dead, as a series, has become the walking dead. This dog has limped on too long. This cow has been milked for all it is worth. The story line has become unbelievable (yeah I get the fact that we are talking about zombies, but I can suspend belief on that one). The Negan/Saviors storyline is a over used trope - nothing more than the Governor rebooted. Negan is a first class pu**y with a stick - a scrawny little douchebag As another reviewer noted his power comes from numbers controlled by fear and given rewards. He doesn't have that anymore. All he has left is his little boyfriends and girlfriends, who would have jumped ship when his power faded. It's all just dragging on too, too long. In real situations Negan would have been dead several times over. Okay, I get it. We need the epic battle between Rick and Negan, but enough already.
I have no idea whether they are winning or losing, what the objectives actually are. I mean where is Rick and Daryl at? What about more guns? They obviously surprised them, but at point blank range they couldn't take out Simon or Negan? Guys you gotta do a better job letting us know wtf is going on, show a freaking map or some subtitles. We have no idea how many compounds these saviors call home. I really was hoping this would be a better season but more of the same, just sucks seeing my favorite show going down tubes.
OUTSTANDING T.V. Show the best ever. I do not understand these people complaining about it. They are telling a story and I say GREAT JOB!!! To the complainers there is a button on every TV which turns it off try that.
UPDATE 12/01/2017: Still grinding along... Did they fire all the good writers and directors here, or what? Are these newest episodes also of shorter duration, or does it just seem that way? None of these Season 8 Episodes so far, are worth a re-watch, and that's a first for this series! It pains me to say this!
I've enjoyed "The Walking Dead" since its inception on DVD, and that's unusual for me, as zombies aren't my thing. Still, the conclusion of Season One, Episode 06: TS-19, locked me into watching Season Two, where my total frustration with Hershel, Shane and Rick had me talking to myself! From there on out I've been a fan, purchasing every season on DVD, as soon as it comes out. And fans will forgive a few things, but those things do not generally include an absurd absence of logic.
SPOILER: The scene in Season 8 where Rick and his people have penetrated Negan's compound, armed to the teeth, protected behind a staggered vehicular shield-wall, yet close enough to have a shouting conversation with the grandstanding Negan (as out in the open as you could hope to get him), and nobody thinks to take a single shot at the SOB?! WTF?! A well-placed bolt (arrow) from Daryl's compound crossbow would've ended Negan right there, and surely one of the rifles could've taken him out. Hell, just wounding the SOB is a worthy achievement! But no, they palaver on instead, ignoring the opportunity and allowing Negan to strut his fast-growing-tiresome stuff. It's absurd!
We all saw the train come off the rails with "Dexter", when they got rid of all the talented writers and began pursuing absurd story lines; I didn't even finish the series... Any more mindless scenes like the one described above, and I'll likely walk away from this one too.
Sagas go Through Three Basic Stages (a little like careers do): Stage One: A Challenge Stage Two: An Adventure Stage Three: A Grind
So far, the first two episodes of "Season 8 of The Walking Dead" swing between motivational speeches and protracted scenes of ultra violence. It's becoming a grind. This current season is at a pivotal node now. Perhaps, they should take a lesson from their own episodes, which successfully detoured from the main storyline, and fleshed out an important character--the outstanding "Episode 4 from Season Six: Here's Not Here", shines as a prime example of how to artfully execute this; "The Grove" is another. Or perhaps, they should take a lesson from "Breaking Bad", which ended masterfully, poetically, and as it should have...
I find myself wishing that Shiva had taken out Negan at the climax of "Season 7", and that we'd be moving on to a new story line now, or wrapping it up. Endings--at least proper endings--matter.
"The X-Files" serves as an example of an excellent series that ran too long. Here is one that should've ended with "Season 7".